Dessert refuses to be an afterthought at Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Cafe. More than 30 ice-cream flavors—repeatedly lauded by the Charleston City Paper and Moultrie News—pile atop cones or blend into milk shakes, and classic banana splits make mouths water with their pecans and cherries. The café’s scoops of amaretto cherry or java chunk are generous, living up to the vision of Rod Lapin, who opened the first Ye Ole Fashioned in 1972 with the idea of making customers’ jaws drop at the size of his portions.
Today, at more than half a dozen locations, including one helmed by his daughter Becki and her husband, that hasn’t changed. Ten strips of bacon layer the café’s signature BLTs; chili-laden, all-beef hot dogs weigh down their buns; and the plates are required to start lifting weights regularly before they’re allowed to carry double-decker sandwiches or burgers.
Dr. Patricia Campbell comes from a background of family practice, but it was her interest in beauty that led her to open Springhall Aesthetics in 2011. As medical director, she oversees a menu of minimally invasive body-contouring and skin-renewal services that help clients to fight the signs of aging. Chemical peels, injectable fillers, and laser treatments shoo away wrinkles, and iS Clinical cosmeceutical products leave complexions more subtly radiant than a jar of comets. The clinic's UltraPlus laser hair-removal system not only blasts away unwanted follicles but also assaults spider veins and other colored epidermal imperfections. Upon entering Springhall Aesthetics' charming brick façade, guests stumble into a cozy waiting room anchored by polished hardwood floors. Clients can curl up in one of the lobby's cushy chairs or feed a bag of goldfish to one of the egrets in the serene wall art.
Overseen by a licensed aesthetician, cosmetologist, nail technician and makeup artist, Sassy Scissors gets clients runway ready with a host of beautification services. Experts with a combined 40 years of experience dole out prettifying salon packages, as well has body-hair removal via waxing. Pedicures and manicures shield finger and toe armor in Shellac, and skincare therapies such as facials and peels rinse away blemishes, wrinkles, and sand from Father Time's hourglass.
Although they’re greeted by the sound of snipping scissors and the sight of a light-yellow room filled with black leather stylists’ chairs, guests of Natural Image Salon and Day Spa can get much more than just a haircut. In addition to stylists who specialize in creative hair color and keep abreast of the latest trends—such as the feather hair extensions that secret agents use to blend in while spying from trees—Natural Image staffs aestheticians who perform a full range of spa treatments.
These experts dab skin with products made with natural ingredients, relying on botanical plant peels and Swedish body wraps that blend herbs, minerals, and sea clay. As well as pampering skin with Aveda facials and sea-salt-glow exfoliations, the aestheticians render it hairless during waxing sessions. Nail technicians add the final touch to appearances with gel manicures or layers of OPI polish.
At Mor Beauty, a certified Matrix salon, stylists keep their fingers on the pulse of trendy hairstyles and beautifying services with an in-house Matrix artistic educator. Mor Beauty’s tress trimmers work on a level system, level 1 signifying a trained beginner stylist and level 4 being the black belt of hair fashion, allowing clients to customize their styling experience to match their budget, hair needs, and favorite number. Lock loppers can shampoo, cut, and style hair ($25–$45+), or twist it into tidy curls to craft a formal updo ($45–$75+). For an all-around new look, a permanent root-to-ends color ($80–$105+) changes hair's tint like a chameleon morphing its color before a lizard beauty pageant. Mor Beauty's professionals also banish unwanted follicles with facial waxing ($8–$18+), body waxing ($15–$40+), and threading ($15–$25+).